Ethical Thinking about Global Health, Public Health, and Medicine in the UK & US

Dr. Catherine Sherron (More Info)

Ethical Thinking about Global Health, Public Health, and Medicine in the UK & US

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
PHIL 322 / PH 447

Philosophy , Public Health , Health Care Administration

Course Description:
Debates about patients’ rights, medical research standards, national responses to international pandemics, and doctor-patient relationships will be examined in this biomedical ethics course, designed for pre-health professional, health care administration, global health services, and similar students. Experience London and Dublin’s history and multiculturalism at Trinity College, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, Chinatown, and pubs, then visit the Science Museum, Old Operating Theatre with cholera walking tour, Florence Nightingale Museum, Highgate Cemetery, Dover War Tunnels, and modern health care facilities, in preparation for exciting ethical explorations of cloning, euthanasia, truth-telling, stem cell research, and more. Perfect interdisciplinary Honors course, too.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared for 3-5 miles of walking on most days, much of it outdoors, even in cold, rainy weather (tours cannot be rescheduled). Substantial walking also through museums and other indoor venues.

Course Highlights:
Global Bioethics -- applicable to any major and no prerequisites! Gain perspective by experiencing the multiculturalism of London and Dublin’s theaters, cathedrals, pubs, and the cities themselves. Visit museums (London Science Museum, Old Operating Theatre, the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum), cemeteries (Highgate Cemetery in London or Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin), and historical venues (the Dover War Tunnels, Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College) to ground the biomedical issues in history. Talk to health care professionals about their daily practice and ethical challenges. Discuss with classmates and create a journal exploring connections between theories and field trips, asking and answering for yourself timeless questions. Join an experienced study-abroad professor who especially welcomes first-time travelers and novice philosophers. Great humanities course for science majors and perfect for nursing and all pre-health professional majors (pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, etc.).